How to Sell Your Home with Kids & Pets
Selling your home with kids and pets is actually possible to do. It’s not easy, but it’s possible.
My first bit of advice is to get your kids involved. Make them part of the process. After all, they will need to help keep their rooms clean and organized for showings. They need to understand why some of their toys are getting boxed up or why they always have to make their bed. Reward them, make it fun.
I always recommend reducing the amount of toys in a child’s bedroom or playroom. Buyer’s don’t want to see them. Buyer’s are looking at space so show as much space as you can. When it’s filled with toys and clutter, they won’t see the space. Therefore, they won’t want to purchase your home.
Remove all family pictures throughout the home and your children’s drawings on the fridge. Again, buyer’s don’t want to see that. If a buyer continually sees your family pictures, your kids toys and things, they will just feel they are intruding on YOUR space. This is the opposite of what you want the buyers to feel when viewing your home. So de-personalize and de-clutter. If you will not use something in the next 3 months, pack it up and get it out of the house (or in the garage at least). HINT- the more organize and clean you are, the more organized and clean the buyer feels they will be in the home.
Not everyone loves pets. You need to assume that no one does. So this means that you need to remove all evidence that a pet is in the home when taking your listing pictures and showings. This means, beds, toys, food, litter boxes etc. Load it up in your car for showings. Remember, it is just temporary. Don’t give the buyer’s any reason NOT to buy your home. I have had clients in the past not purchase homes because they smelt “cats”. To a picky buyer, it’s a turn off. In a buyer’s mind when they smell pets or evidence of pets, they quickly assume- damage. Damage equals dollar signs. That is exactly when the buyers mind goes. Good luck convincing them otherwise. Always, always take your pets with you when showing the home. Never leave them at home with the buyer’s agent and buyers for a number of reasons.
I hope these simple tips and tricks will help you to sell your home with your kids and pets. For more information and a guide to selling your home for top dollar, please check out my book, At Least Put the Toilet Seat Down on Amazon.